A lovely boutique hotel in a great location which has managed to combine elegance and good service with the feeling that you are a guest in someone's private house. The deluxe room was well decorated with a good size bathroom and a large, very comfortable bed. There is no bar as such but an atmospheric lounge area with waiter service. The breakfast is served in a beautiful room and has everything you could want from fresh fruit and fruit salads, yoghurts, cereals, breads, pastries, cakes and cooked food if you would like it. The staff were very helpful and with a sense of fun. The whole hotel is full of antique or unusual ornaments - starting with the ornamental dogs welcoming you in reception. The hotel is on the Place Bellecour and is near to shops, the river, restaurants and one of the bus stops for the open top tour bus - a tour worth doing as you can get on and off at the sights all day. Luckily the hotel supply umbrellas as it was a wet weekend!
If you are looking for any downsides (and really you have to look to find them) then it would be to point out that while the rooms are very well sound proofed the square can be busy in the early hours and you may hear some noise. The turn down service was not what you would expect from a 5 star hotel, more a drop off for the chocolate and weather forecast.
Overall a very good hotel indeed and one we would recommend to others without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal is an iconic establishment offering 72 rooms and suites, nestled in the heart of the city between the Rhone and Saone rivers. An exclusive address for travellers who enjoy the French art de vivre, discrete elegance and naturally courteous service. Feel at home in our Cote Cuisine dining room or in our Cote Bellecour lounge, for a civilised meal or beverage overlooking the Place Bellecour. (The Hotel is a member of the MGallery collection). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Lyon
- Accor Lyon